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What's a Loyalist?
A Loyalist in general is any person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt). During the American Revolution in what was to become the United States of America, a Loyalist was anyone who remained loyal to the King of England. They were called Tories in their own country but Loyalists elsewhere.
According to Wikipedia: Loyalists were British North American colonists who remained loyal subjects of the British crown during the American Revolutionary War. They were also called Tories or "King's Men". Those Loyalists settling in what would become Canada are often called United Empire Loyalists. Their colonial opponents, who supported the Revolution, were called Patriots, Whigs, or just Americans.
To find a Loyalist Ancestor and use Loyalist Genealogy Petitions choose from:
Tryon County NY Petition 1771
Tryon County NY Petition of Wives of Loyalists 1771